Japan is a beautiful country to say the least. And it is, of course, very different from many western countries. But at the same time Japan and the Japanese people have a lot in common with European and American people even though the Japanese people behave in a certain way that we are not used to in the western part of the World. It can be a fun but also a bit strange experience going to Japan as a European person because of the culture that is very different from what we are used to. Nonetheless, the Japanese traditions, cultures and forms of life are very interesting and exciting to experience and will offer you a lot of very important and exciting knowledge and wisdom which afterwards you would not want to go without. In this article we will give you our five top reasons why you should go to Japan and experience the very different but very beautiful country, people and culture – because it is something that you will not find anything similar to anywhere in the World.
1: The Japanese casinos are something special
Almost no matter where in Japan you are there will be a Pachinko-arcade somewhere close to you. You will notice this when walking down a street and hearing a lot of “ding ding ding” other video game-like sounds coming out of a building. This will most likely be an arcade or a Japanese casino. Panchinko and Baccarat are some of the most popular games in Japan which is why you will not have to look far to find a place where you can try out your best baccarat strategy or try your luck at a game of Pachinko. Even though gambling is banned in Japan you will not have a hard time finding a place to play a few games. The government is taking a lot of good initiatives to stop gambling addictions among the Japanese people – which is probably necessary since Japan is supposed to have brought in the highest revenue from the Pachinko game which is supposed to be higher than the Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore income – combined!
2: The Japanese culture is outstanding
The Japanese culture is of course very different from the many different cultures that we have and know from the west. It is also one of the oldest cultures in the world, which is why it has so many old traditions, norms and values that we find so interesting. The Japanese culture has both traditional things such as architecture, fashion, sports and art. Especially in sports Japanese contestors tend to do very well, for example in Sumo Wrestling and Badminton. But there are also things that are very different. For example that it is very polite to always say “arrigato” (thank you) as much as you can while at the same time bowing to the people you meet on your way.
3: Ramen and sushi – need we say more?
Most people think about sushi when they think about Japanese food. And sushi does originally come from Japan which is why this is the place to be if you want sushi of the very best kind. But what most people do not always mention when thinking about japanese food are the super delicious Ramen noodles. If you want really amazing noodles just go to any Japanes ramen place and slurp a bowl of Ramen. We promise you that you will not regret it.
4: Thousands of cherry trees bloom in spring
One of the most popular times to go to Japan is in the spring. Which is of course because of the thousands and thousands of cherry flowers that bloom in the springtime. Both the Japanese people and the tourists love the Japanese cherry trees which is why there are always soooo many tourists in Japan at this time. Most people tend to just enjoy the cherry blossoms quietly but a new tradition is emerging where people get drunk to celebrate the cerry treese blooming. If you want to go to Japan in spring it is therefore very important that you book much ahead of time to make sure that you can actually get transport and accommodation.
5: Countryside and big city-skylines
Tokio is the metropolis over them all. Almost 38 million people live here spread all over the 23 districts around the massive city. And then we can of course mention Kyoto, Osaka, Hokkaido, Nagasaki and Hiroshima. But Japan actually has much more to offer than big cities, skyscrapers and glowing skylines. There is also an amazing and beautiful countryside part of the country. Both in the North and also the South part of Japan. For instance the Yakushima Island in the south or the Daisetsuzan National Park close to Hokkaido in the north.
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